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Chinese Report: Google to Walk Out on April 10

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Google may walk out of China next month, according to China Business News.

China Business News is reporting that Google may leave China early next month. Citing an unidentified sales agent for the company, CBN says Google could leave on April 10. Bloomberg cites the Shanghai-based newspaper as saying the search giant might announce its plans to leave the Chinese market on Monday, March 22.

So far there's been little news from Google as to whether or not the company has made a final decision about leaving China. Earlier this week, a letter purporting to be from Google's Chinese advertising clients was made public. Later, at least 22 of the 27 people said to have signed denied they had anything to do with it. The letter was published on the Web site of the state-run China Central Television.

Google has yet to confirm reports that suggest it will make an announcement on March 22 or leave on April 10.

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    back_by_demand , March 19, 2010 12:56 PM
    hennnryMost Chinese poeple, even though living in America, uses Baidu already.

    But Google still ranks as the most used search engine worldwide and Baidu market share doesn't even figure in at 6.5% of market share.
    Seeing as their are soooooo many Chinese people in the world and supposedly use Baidu for no other reason than it is a Chinese company shouldn't it's global share be higher anyway?
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    thackstonns , March 19, 2010 1:35 PM
    I hope Google does pull out. I sure wish I had.
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    sicpric , March 19, 2010 12:40 PM
    So a Chinese controlled news site says Google "might" pull out? It must be true!
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    bustapr , March 19, 2010 12:17 PM
    Bout Time!
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    hennnry , March 19, 2010 12:33 PM
    Buy Baidu stocks, and if google leaves China, very few Chinese will miss it anyway.

    Most Chinese poeple, even though living in America, uses Baidu already.
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    sicpric , March 19, 2010 12:40 PM
    So a Chinese controlled news site says Google "might" pull out? It must be true!
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    back_by_demand , March 19, 2010 12:56 PM
    hennnryMost Chinese poeple, even though living in America, uses Baidu already.

    But Google still ranks as the most used search engine worldwide and Baidu market share doesn't even figure in at 6.5% of market share.
    Seeing as their are soooooo many Chinese people in the world and supposedly use Baidu for no other reason than it is a Chinese company shouldn't it's global share be higher anyway?
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    Anonymous , March 19, 2010 1:05 PM
    hennnryBuy Baidu stocks, and if google leaves China, very few Chinese will miss it anyway.Most Chinese poeple, even though living in America, uses Baidu already.

    Does they uses it?
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    d-block , March 19, 2010 1:15 PM
    heaven forbid...
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    thackstonns , March 19, 2010 1:35 PM
    I hope Google does pull out. I sure wish I had.
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    yiplong , March 19, 2010 1:53 PM
    hennnryMost Chinese poeple, even though living in America, uses Baidu already.


    What cave do you live in? Virtually nobody uses Baidu outside of China, at least not for web search. Baidu's search engine is far, far inferior to Google, and to almost every major US search engines. Baidu has some tricks in its bag when it comes to Chinese searches, but not too many Chinese Americans conduct their online searches in Chinese.
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    milktea , March 19, 2010 2:03 PM
    The pullout is as expected. You cannot go head to head with China. You need to play smart.

    So we lost round 1. Let's see what happen in round 2.
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    micr0be , March 19, 2010 2:36 PM
    i keep wondering how bad was the hacking attack on google for them to react like this .... something is going on that we don't know about.
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    failboat , March 19, 2010 2:42 PM
    I wonder if China forces Baidu on them.
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    gwellin , March 19, 2010 2:59 PM
    Didn't I read a few months ago that google.cn generates over $1 billion in revenue. I would be really shocked if google is willing to write this off. How does the saying go about cutting your nose of dispite your face. They wont pull out.
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    razorblaze42 , March 19, 2010 5:17 PM
    Yay Google, now only if the U.S. Government would do the same... I'd be so frackin happy.
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    machop , March 19, 2010 7:49 PM
    5 years from now, people look back, saying "what's a big fuss about this?"
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    josh jones , March 19, 2010 9:16 PM
    google.com anyone:)  I don't think google has too much to worry about.
    before google.cn (restricted and useless) chinese used workarounds to access google.com (unrestricted and usefull). although, the dumb chinese are stuck with the worthless baidu serch.

    finally:) 
    China is like a product regurgitating box. Ideas and money go in and products come out. Products are all that come out of china. I would love to see the global economy balance out, but that would only happen in a world where everybody actually cares about balance.
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    Anonymous , March 19, 2010 11:13 PM
    Bruce lee is crazy. Jackie chan is crazy. Jet li is crazy. Ho chin mihn is crazy. China is Just crazy. :) 
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    karenskym , March 20, 2010 12:32 AM
    hollowtekBruce lee is crazy. Jackie chan is crazy. Jet li is crazy. Ho chin mihn is crazy. China is Just crazy.


    What does Hochi Mihn have to do with China?
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    Darkerson , March 20, 2010 2:38 AM
    and the plot thickens!
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    nachowarrior , March 21, 2010 2:06 AM
    good. eff china. all american companies should shun china if for no other reason their human rights \/iolations. same reason i won't buy foxconn or crApple products
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    Anonymous , March 21, 2010 7:37 PM
    machop: 5 years from now, people look back, saying "what's a big fuss about this?"

    Actually, with China owning most of the U.S., I rewrote your tag in anticipation of the probable future:
    5 years from now, people look back, saying "这正是这个上大做文章"
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